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Red Roses and Silver Wings: A World War II Memoir
by Kitty Strickland Shore

Published: 1998
Hardcover : 339 pages
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Jack Strickland became a B-24 Bomber pilot with the 445th B.G. stationed at Tibenham, England. On March 24, 1945 he was piloting the deputy lead plane for the 8th A.F. 2nd Air Division raid on Wesel, Germany (Operation Varsity - the crossing of the Rhine). Col. Carl Fleming, Deputy Base ...
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Jack Strickland became a B-24 Bomber pilot with the 445th B.G. stationed at Tibenham, England. On March 24, 1945 he was piloting the deputy lead plane for the 8th A.F. 2nd Air Division raid on Wesel, Germany (Operation Varsity - the crossing of the Rhine). Col. Carl Fleming, Deputy Base Commander, was flying in the co-pilot seat. At home in the United States, Jack's wife, Kitty, cared for their young son and awaited the birth of the couple's second child...

This is a story of a young couple whose lives were abruptly and permanently altered by WWII. Unlike most WWII books, it is told from a woman's perspective.

Having been with Jack all through his pilot training in the Air Force, Kitty gives a vivid description of what life was really like during the war years. The book includes letters from Jack -- an unusually-observant young man -- to Kitty and his family and friends. It also contains numerous pictures, newspaper articles and well-researched military documents including flight orders.

Jack and Kitty's story will bring back memories for the men and women who lived through those days. It gives an authentic look and insight into the lives of young people at that moment in history. A 'must' for history buffs, WWII veterans, active or retired military, and anyone who enjoys a love story and a good read.

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